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Millennium Way: Leek Wootton Circular

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Millennium Way: Leek Wootton Circular
Author: Millennium Way, Published: 02 Aug 2017 Walk Rating:star1 Millennium Way: Leek Wootton Circular Walking Guide star1 Millennium Way: Leek Wootton Circular Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Leek Wootton Circular Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Leek Wootton Circular Walking Guide star0 Millennium Way: Leek Wootton Circular Walking Guide
Warwickshire, Warwick
Walk Type: Footpaths and byways
Millennium Way: Leek Wootton Circular
Length: 7 miles,  Difficulty: boot Millennium Way: Leek Wootton Circular Walking Guide boot Millennium Way: Leek Wootton Circular Walking Guide
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A 7 mile circular walk close to the village of Leek Wootton in Warwickshire. This is an enjoyable walk along quiet lanes and paths, taking in some attractive woodland, open countryside and a stretch of the Grand Union Canal. For part of the walk you will follow a stretch of the Millennium Way where you will be guided by the distinctive black and white waymarkers.

The route is relatively flat, with only gentle gradients. You will need to negotiate some kissing gates, gates and bridges, but there are no stiles or livestock on route. There are some stretches on quiet lanes, so take care of traffic on these parts. One stretch runs alongside a golf course so watch out for any stray flying golf balls. Allow 3.5 hours.

The Millennium Way is a beautiful 100 mile walk in the heart of England, from Pershore in Worcestershire to Middleton Cheney in Northamptonshire. The route was created by the 41 Club as a community project, with something to offer every walker or rambler across Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire. This is one of 44 circular walks, each of which incorporates a section of the Millennium Way and is published in partnership with 41 Club.

The village of Leek Wootton is located about 2 miles from Warwick, in the triangle created by Kenilworth, Warwick and Leamington Spa. The walk starts and finishes in the lay-by on Rouncil Lane, about three quarters of a mile north west of Leek Wootton. The nearest post code is CV8 1NN.

Walk Sections

Start to Coventry Road
Start to Coventry Road

Start point: 52.3237 lat, -1.5926 long
End point: 52.2967 lat, -1.5761 long

The walk begins in the lay-by on Rouncil Lane. Take the footpath at the end of the lay-by. Go through the kissing gate and continue across the field to take the waymarked gap ahead into woodland. Once through the gap, turn immediately right onto the woodland footpath and, after 30 paces, pass a waypost marked Centenary Way. Continue along the woodland path eventually to cross a small stream via a wooden bridge as you approach a golf course. Bear slightly right to stay along the path with the golf course to your left. Soon you will arrive at a metal kissing gate.

Take the gate and bear left to a waypost then continue ahead, keeping the hedge on your left. Do not take the path left onto golf course. (Here you have joined the Millennium Way where you will see the distinctive black Millennium Way waymarkers which will guide you for part of the route). Stay ahead keeping the hedge on your left. Continue on to take a kissing gate into a large field. Stay ahead, keeping the hedge and trees on your left, eventually to find an old wooden gate. Pass by the wooden gate and stay ahead. Ignore a mid-hedge kissing gate/path left and continue with the hedge on your left under power lines, along a winding narrow path to take a metal gated gap into a wood.

Follow the woodland path to emerge onto the golf course on the left. Stay ahead on the track, keeping a hedge and trees on your right and pylons on your left. Go through a hedge gap and stay on the narrow track along the edge of a fenced field to find a metal kissing gate. Take this gate and continue directly ahead, passing a large mound and houses on your left. On entering an open field, go slightly left to pass under power lines with Woodloes Farm on your right. At the junction with a metalled farm track, turn left and follow the track to the junction with a lane. Go right on the lane and follow it over the A46 (Kenilworth Bypass) to arrive at the main road (the A429 Coventry Road).

Coventry Road to Prospect Farm
Coventry Road to Prospect Farm

Start point: 52.2967 lat, -1.5761 long
End point: 52.3057 lat, -1.6083 long

At this point you have two choices. If you wish to take a short detour to visit the Saxon Mill at Guy's Cliffe (pictured) go left on the main road for about quarter of a mile. Saxon Mill dates from the 1100s and was a working mill until 1938. It was converted into a restaurant and bar in 1952 and has a glass window cut-away in the floor where the water can be seen flowing under the building. There is a footpath alongside which gives good views of the River Avon.

For the main route go right on the main road. Continue directly across a large roundabout, staying ahead to come to a canal bridge. Just before the bridge, take the path right to join the towpath. (Here we leave the Millennium Way). Turn right onto the towpath, keeping the canal on your left. Stay along the towpath under Bridges 49a and 49b. When you reach the next bridge (Number 50) just past a large block of apartments, leave the towpath and go right up some steps to reach the road.

Turn right on the road to reach a T-junction (with Wedgnock Lane) and turn right. After a little way, just before the road swings right, cross over and go left up a surfaced cul-de-sac signed Prospect Farm and Barn. At the rise, you will cross the bridge over the A46. Stay along the private lane and when you reach a junction, ignore the road right and stay ahead, walking gently uphill towards Prospect Farm.

Prospect Farm to End
Prospect Farm to End

Start point: 52.3057 lat, -1.6083 long
End point: 52.3239 lat, -1.5931 long

Continue past the farm and a couple of small attractive cottages on your right. Stay ahead on the lane until you come to the far end of a wood on your left. Here you will find a waypost with several bridleway waymarks. Turn right here through a large wide metal gate and go along the field edge with a hedge and trees on your left.

Stay along the field-side track to pass through another large metal gate. When you reach the end of the track, dog-leg left through a large gated gap and stay on the same line but now with the hedge and trees on your right. Stay ahead with the hedge on your right, passing under power cables then passing through a metal gate towards farm buildings. Keep to the left of the farm building to find a metal gate on the right. Take the gate to reach a surfaced track and bear left to continue along the farm track. After approximately 100 yards you will come to a kissing gate on your right. At this point the Millennium Way rejoins our route. Ignore the gate and stay ahead on the farm track to reach the road.

Turn right along the road and after a short distance you will arrive back at the lay-by where the walk began. If you are looking for refreshment, a short drive back into Leek Wootton will take you to The Anchor Inn.

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The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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